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Exam Tips: CompTIA Security+ SY0-401

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It’s been a long-standing practice in the CBT Nuggets Learners Community for members to share study tips once they complete an exam. This blog series brings these tips to the larger CBT Nuggets community. Good luck!

Learners Community Member: Ethan M.

Exam: CompTIA Security+ SY0-401

Date passed: March 2016

Study Material:

What other study material did you use?

The Transcender® practice exams, along with the Nuggets, served me well — especially for the practicals.

If you could go back to when you first started studying for this exam, what are the top three things you would tell yourself to pay more attention to in your studies?

  1. Protocols, protocols, and, you guessed it, more protocols! You should know what are they, what they do, and where they live in the OSI model.
  1. Encryption. The test may encompass the entire CompTIA Security+ blueprint.
  1. Finally, to quote Janet Jackson, “Control(s)”! Technical, admin, physical, and so on.  

Learners Community Member: Shelly C.

Exam: CompTIA Security+ SY0-401

Date passed: March 2016

Study Material:

How would you recommend using the study material?

Use multiple practice exam banks and, if you have time, flashcards. I rotated between Transcender® and Kaplan® practice exams, Total Tester, Sybex, and Skillport. I created flashcards based off the questions that I didn’t understand from the practice exams, and also the questions at the end of each chapter of the CompTIA Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide.

I also popped in on the CompTIA subreddit to get tips and tricks from other folks that had recently passed.

If you could go back to when you first started studying for this exam, what are the top three things you would tell yourself to pay more attention to in your studies?

I would say to spend more time on practice lab simulations, in particular, networking and configuring network devices. If you don’t understand the answer on the practice exam, Google like a pro and research it.

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